Lotsa good stuff out there today.
SPECIAL: Don't miss Charles Snyder's excellent piece on the KMT's dark history.
- Great summary of why Gov. Rick Perry of Texas is such an asshole, from China Hearsay.
- Japanese colonialism and its effect on the modern map of Taiwan
- That's Impossible! locates yet another Ma confession to his ultimate goal: annexation.
- Ozsoapbox makes fun of the banana glut.
- Battle of Fisherman's Wharf with another slice of Dutch history in Taiwan
- Doubts are raised about alleged sub launched missile.
- Lief with lovely pics of the Tainan moonscape.
- The Guns of Wulu
- Echo with very long, very detailed look at the case of the blogger sued over a restaurant review.
- A Philippines perspective on the Spratly/Paracel case. China to commence drilling soon....
- Peter Lee with another one of his uniformly good pieces, this one on the F-16 pavane in which Ma pretends he wants F-16s and the Obama Administration pretends to think about his request.
- Steven Walt citing a paper on Great Power Retrenchment:
Faced with diminishing resources, great powers moderate their foreign policy ambitions and offer concessions in areas of lesser strategic value. Contrary to the pessimistic conclusions of critics, retrenchment neither requires aggression nor invites predation. Great powers are able to rebalance their commitments through compromise, rather than conflict. In these ways, states respond to penury the same way they do to plenty: they seek to adopt policies that maximize security given available means. Far from being a hazardous policy, retrenchment can be successful. States that retrench often regain their position in the hierarchy of great powers. Of the fifteen great powers that adopted retrenchment in response to acute relative decline, 40 percent managed to recover their ordinal rank. In contrast, none of the declining powers that failed to retrench recovered their relative position.It is not too late for the US to reimagine a future that is oriented on 21st century East Asia and future technology rather than on the 20th century Middle East and fossil fuels. Our leaders appear to lack that kind of imagination, however.
- US, Japan, Australia conduct first joint exercise in South China Sea.
- Jens Kastner on the Free Independent Tourists from China, with quotes from John Copper about how horrible the FITs are going to be for the DPP. Dream on, John.
- China's Fifth Generation leaders and their future Taiwan policy.
- TVBS poll has Ma ahead of Tsai 44-36. Good luck figuring out what that means.
- Taiwan divorce rates falling.
- Taiwan textile makers move up the value chain.
- Trade data show China economy is slowing.
- Lai of MAC: One China = ROC, 1992 consensus rulz.
- Malaysian students rally in Taiwan for democracy in their home country.
- Night market hero debuts in China.
- Job outlook for grads improving.
- Chinese gov't paper calls for deployment of aircraft carrier to Senkakus, stern posture on Chinese expansion into the islands.
- 2011 Taiwan Oolong Study Tour Oct 16-23.
- John and Fish, two of Taiwan's best bird photographers, are having a solo exhibition in Tainan this month to July 30, 2011. Ephemeral vs. Eternal John and Fish Digital Art Artyart Gallery 亞帝畫廊 No.99-8, Nan men RD, Tainan City, Taiwan 台南市南門路99-8號 Here's an example of their awesome, enjoyable work.
- Backseat seatbelt law takes effect next month. I remember when we bought our van rear seatbelts were extra and the salespeople laughed at us for buying them.
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